It may or may not be fair, but sports fans hold their favorite stars to a much higher standard. Many elite athletes recognize that it’s important to appear squeaky-clean for the sake of their brands. They will make much more money because more companies will want to endorse them. On the flip side, major controversies often result in athletes losing sponsorships.
As a result, many star athletes have bland personalities. But they often have darker stories that they’d prefer fans to forget. Let’s look at 25 (supposedly) squeaky-clean athletes with surprising dark sides. Check out the list below via The Sportster.
25. Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers had a relatively squeaky-clean image for the majority of his career. The quarterback was the face of the famous Green Bay Packers organization. NFL fans across the league respected and liked him. There was even talk of him hosting the popular TV show, ‘Jeopardy.’ Then in 2021, Rodgers revealed a darker side of himself. The league believed that he was vaccinated against COVID-19 before the season.
But this proved not to be the case. Rodgers fell ill and the truth emerged. He underwent alternative treatments because he didn’t trust the vaccine. This went against NFL regulations and was embarrassing for everybody involved. Then, Rodgers went on a highly-publicized rant to Pat McAfee about the incident. It was surprising because nobody expected this from him, but he became one of the NFL’s current public enemies.